Bernard-Henri Lévy et Thomas S. Kaplan, co-fondateurs de l’ONG « Justice for Kurds » ont livré un vibrant plaidoyer dans le Washington Post en faveur des Kurdes de Syrie et de Turquie bientôt abandonnés suite à la décision de Donald Trump de retirer les troupes américaines de la région et de la coalition internationale, laissant ces premiers combattants des forces islamistes face aux dernières cellules de Daech et aux représailles promises par Erdogan.
“Our only friends are the mountains.” So goes the fatalistic Kurdish proverb, encapsulating the catalogue of duplicity and betrayal by allies that has punctuated and ultimately defined the history of this valiant people. The stateless ethnic group, numbering approximately 30 million, straddles the borders of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. It is the Kurds in Syria who suffered the most recent treachery, when President Trump on Dec. 19 announced the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, were among America’s most faithful and effective partners in the fight against Islamic State terrorists.
Trump initially said the 2,000 U.S. troops would be gone within 30 days but reportedly has agreed to Pentagon requests for a gradual withdrawal over four months. The betrayal thus will occur in slow motion.
Yet, like their brethren in Iraq, the Peshmerga fighters, the Kurds in Syria could be a case study in the effective implementation of America’s long-standing exhortation that its friends in the region should do more of the actual fighting while the United States trains and assists them. (…)
Poursuivre la lecture du plaidoyer, en anglais, sur le Washington Post :